The Closet: Everthing Coming Out This Week (March 8 – 14)

The long, cold winter hiatus is finally over — and network TV is back. Or, well, at least it’s starting to wake up from hibernation. Most notably The CW returns and is chockablock with lesbian/bisexual characters. (Still not Blair and Serena, sadly.) Here’s your list of everything coming out this week.

 

Monday

24 (Fox, 9:00)Cherry Jones stars as President Taylor.

Tuesday

American Idol (Fox, 8:00)Ellen DeGeneres & Co. take to the judges table for the top eight female finalists.

90210 (CW, 8:00) — It’s baaaack. And so is guest star Rumor Willis, who shares a kiss with Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes), setting the stage for the show’s first lesbian relationship.

Melrose Place (CW, 9:00) — Bisexual publicist Ella (Kate Cassidy) is gearing up for a back nine showdown with Amanda.

White Collar (USA, 10:00) — Lesbian FBI agent Diana Lancing is back for the season one finale. A nice bookend, since the only other episode she was in was the pilot.

Biggest Loser: Couples (NBC, 8:00)Jillian Michaels keeps pushing contestants to cry achieve their weight loss goals.

Joan Jett on The Tonight Show (NBC, 11:30) — Even if you don’t forgive NBC for Conangate, it’ll be fun to see Jett talk about the new Runaways movie.

Wednesday

American Idol (CBS, 8:00) — Top eight guys! We’re almost there!

The New Adventures of Old Christine (Fox, 8:00)Wanda Sykes plays Christine’s BFF.

The Real World: Washington DC (MTV, 10:00) — Hey, did you know Emily dated girls while she was in the TRW house? That’s what she told our Grace Chu in a recent interview. [AfterEllen.com Real World recaps]

Thursday

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, 9:00) — Callie and Arizona just try to stay out of the pissing contest going on between Teddy and Owen. Contest judge: Derek, obviously. [AfterEllen.com Grey's Anatomy recaps]

American Idol (Fox, 9:00) — Results night. Also, just a guess, but we’ll probably see Kris Allen driving a Ford.

Skins (Britain’s E4, 10:00 GMT) — Effy’s out of the hospital and Naomi and Emily are still not on the mend. [AfterEllen.com Skins recaps]

Friday

Caprica (SyFy, 9:00) — Bisexual headmistress Clarice Willow befriended Amanda Graystone last week, and even though they didn’t make out (like it looked like they were going to do!), I’m still holding out hope. [AfterElton.com Caprica recaps]

Saturday

The Wanda Sykes Show (Fox, 11:00) — Wanda is all new with political and social commentary.

Survivors (BBC America, 9:00) — Lesbian doctor Anya continues to mourn the loss of her girlfriend (along with the other gazillion people killed by a worldwide pandemic).

Sunday

The Amazing Race (CBS, 8:00) — Lesbian couple Carol and Brandy survived another round, and even better: It doesn’t like they’re going to kill each other, after all. [AfterEllen.com Amazing Race recaps]

Desperate Housewives (ABC, 9:00) — Katherine is confused about her feelings for Robin. [AfterEllen.com Desperate Housewives mini-caps

 

The Rachel Maddow Show, week nights at 9:00 on MSNBC. [AfterEllen.com's Rachel Watch]

Issues with Jane Valez-Mitchell, nightly at 7:00 on CNN’s Headline News.

The Suze Orman Show, Saturdays at 5 a.m., 9 p.m., and 12 a.m. on CNBC.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, daytime weekdays.

 

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, on DVD TuesdayPaula Patton plays lesbian teacher Ms. Rain in one of the most celebrated films of the year.

What are you most looking forward to this week?

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